WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Democrats lingering behind in Washington as fellow lawmakers campaign for re-election are demanding that Congress return immediately to confront a potential financial crisis.
Democratic Congressmen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Henry Waxman of California said Friday that Congress is shirking its duties, and that the seven-week recess now under way is the longest ever before an election.
They were quickly gaveled down by the Republican in the chair, John Culberson of Texas, and after eight minutes silence returned to the chamber. Republicans are the majority party in the House and thus in control of its schedule.
Democrats made a similar plea, mostly symbolic, at another speedy pro forma session earlier in the week. The House did approve three bills, including legislation providing protection for government whistleblowers.
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